First place winners, Harlem Globetrotters, received $15 each and a bag of candy. Second place winners, Jesus and his partners, received $10 each and a bag of candy, and third place winners, Mario and Princess Peach, received $5 each and a bag of candy. The costumes were judged on their creativity, originality, and best group costume.
When asked the questions, what do you like the most about the Halloween Costume Contest?; Did you dress up for the contest, why or why not?; What was your favorite individual and group costume, and why, this is what the students had to say:
Andrew Menke stated, “I like seeing how people get creative with their costumes. I dressed up because I love getting into the Halloween spirit because its my favorite holiday. I liked Dominick’s costume because it was was the most original I have ever seen. For the group costume, I think the Globetrotters were really good, but I think the S.W.A.T team was the best because of its originality.”
Stephanie Russo declared, “ I liked the contest because you get to see a lot of creative costumes. I dressed up because my friends and I wanted to be the S.W.A.T team for fun. I liked all the costumes, but I really liked Jesus and his partners... and the S.W.A.T team.”
Mrs. Strickland, the new FBLA sponsor and business teacher, also had a few things to say regarding the Halloween Costume Contest. When asked what she liked the most about the costumes, she commented, “I like seeing the kids’ creativity. Any expression of that is always joy to see. I was also glad to see many kids participate.” When asked how she thought it would turn out, she remarked, “ Being my first year, I wasn’t exactly sure how the contest itself would turn out. I didn’t expect many students to participate, either, so I was surprised to see the turnout. I also wasn’t sure if there would be many different categories or just an overall winner. I was glad to see the opportunity to have different categories.” She also mentioned, “ I did like being a judge because I wouldn’t have seen all the costumes if I wouldn’t have been a judge. I’m stealing some of the ideas for myself for the years to come!”
Ultimately, on the day of October 30, 2014, the New Haven High School halls were filled with students in various costumes enjoying the Halloween holiday.
-by Jennifer Alvarez